Former TNA Knockouts Champion, Awesome Kong has spoken further on the men vs women pay scale debate in an interview with Sirius Radio’s Busted Open show. The ex-Knockout left TNA partly due to a pay dispute earlier this year. She said:
Wrestling does appear to be a man’s sport and in true tradition, women are traditionally not paid as much as their male counterparts. It (the payscale) is out of whack. Thats why instead of staying, I think everyone should come to a happy workplace and not to poison or be a bad egg, just leave the scene altogether and find something else.
She also commented on how she felt the TNA product had changed also contributing to her departure:
The product definitely has changed, and since I am a wrestler, and this is pro wrestling for me, I took myself out of that particular product… of that equation, especially since it didn’t make sense monetarily. (Source: Lords of Pain)
Last weekend, Kong made her return to Ring of Honor to a standing ovation following a match against Sara Del Rey.